In the 2012 President's Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.
The Southeastern United States has abundant water resources. The region is home to three major river drainages, including the lower Mississippi River, the Mobile River, and the Tennessee River. Diversity of organisms depending on these freshwater ecosystems is remarkable, making the Southeastern U.S. a globally significant center of freshwater fish and freshwater invertebrate diversity.
The region is also in the midst of a long-term period of drought. Drought affects both the availability of water and the quality of water and presents a significant regional resource management challenge.
Featured management tools for water resources in the Southeastern U.S. are presented on this page.
Current Streamflow Data The U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division provides real-time streamflow data for the nation through the WaterWatch program. The real-time data reflects current conditions over a short-term period of several hours and is gathered from stream gages at monitoring points along rivers and streams throughout the nation. This page highlights current streamflow data for Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Drought Watch Maps U.S. Geological Survey Drought Watch Maps illustrate the intensity of drought in Southeastern states including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
U.S. Drought Monitor Data Each Thursday, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, and NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, issues a weekly drought assessment called the United States Drought Monitor. This page highlights drought conditions in the South and Southeastern regions.
For more about water, please see the Web resources for water resource management tools below.
Provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts
Assimilate and quality control data about droughts and models
Provide information about risk and impact of droughts to different agencies and stakeholders
Provide information about past droughts for comparison and to understand current conditions
Explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts
Provide a forum for different stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues"
Find Your Watershed
A water resource is only as clean as its watershed. Also called drainage basins, watersheds include not only rivers and streams, but land surrounding and drained by them. For information about your watershed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "Surf your Watershed" program offers a watershed search based on a zip code search.
Enter your ZIP code to get information about the watershed(s) in that area, or visit epa.gov/surf.
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